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The Boxing Commission of Panama has issued a ruling in support of the Dr. Roberto Grimaldo, which recognizes him as the only representative of WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno until August 2015. Moreno has recently had a contentious relationship with Grimaldo and had enlisted new representatives in hopes of inking a $1.2 million deal with Golden Boy to join the lucrative 118lb competition currently unfolding in the USA with Nonito Donaire and the SHOWTIME bantamweight tournament.
By Ron Jackson
Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions presents two IBF title fights at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Saturday night with Steve Molitor defending his IBF junior featherweight belt against Takalani Ndlovu and IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane defending his belt against Johnriel Casimero
Molitor –Ndlovu three was originally scheduled to take place on March 19 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. However, the March 19 date fell beyond the IBF’s 90-day rule, and a new purse bid was scheduled which resulted in Milenkovic winning the bid and bringing the fight to South Africa. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
With at least 10 pounds less on his big frame since he began his training in New York Universal Boxing Gym and still a great Irish smile, 37-year old Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KOs) showed his great enthusiasm before his tough fight against heavy favorite, 34-year old Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KO) during “The Last Big Challenge” event on April 9th in Newark’s Prudential Center. Taking part in an open media training session, “Clones Colossus” was very encouraged about his recent sparring sessions. “I know now how to win against Adamek. I worked hard for this chance and I will do my best to prove it in the ring” – said McBride. For more photos click here…
Live from Puerto Rico, native son Juan Manuel Lopez will defend his WBO Featherweight title against tough-as-nails contender Orlando Salido. Saturday, April 16th at 10:30pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Team Morales
Former Mexican world champions Erik “Terrible” Morales and Humberto Gutierrez and current WBC interim super bantamweight female world champion WBC Jackie Nava are currently training together at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in Mexico State. All doing the conditioning phase of their training with the famous Mexican trainer Raul Robles, working on endurance and speed at high altitude.
“Terrible” Morales faces Marcos Maidana on April 9 in Las Vegas, Gutierrez meets WBC super featherweight world champion Takahiro Aoh in Japan on April 8, and Nava will take on Ana Maria Torres on April 16 in Veracruz in a major women’s match. more photos
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Junior lightweight José Pedraza (1-0, 1 KO), the highly touted 2008 Olympian and former amateur star who turned pro in his last fight, will face Corbin Page (1-1) in the main event on March 29 the BB King Blues Club in New York City. He is co-promoted by Javier Bustillo, Gary Shaw and Lou DiBella.
Undefeated Vanes Martirosyan (29-0 18 KO’s) is focused on winning a world championship in 2011. He took the first step towards that goal by scoring a second round knockout on Saturday night over Bladimir Hernandez (18-5, 16 KO’s). Despite his opponent coming in over 6 pounds over the originally contracted weight, Martirosyan had no trouble dispatching his opponent. Less than a week after the knockout victory, the fighter of Armenian decent will be back in the gym on this week as he prepares for the Mexican Saul Roman (34-8, 29KOs) whom he faces on April 23d for the WBC Silver junior middleweight title. The bout will head line a Top Rank Live card that will be televised by Fox Sports. It takes place at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, OK. (more…)
Simons Promotions will present a seven-bout card billed as “Jason vs. Jason” on April 30 at the New Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, West Virginia. In the main event, Jason “Ironman” Bergman (15-9, 11 KOs) from Washington, PA and winner of 6 straight bouts, will take on Huntington WV’s undefeated Jason Pettaway (7-0, 4 KOs) in the heavyweight Division. “It’s hard to find guys around here that want to fight either one of the Jasons, so we are going to put them in there with each other and see who the best is,” said promoter Steve Simons. “Pettaway has had 170 amateur bouts and is a 4x Golden Gloves champion, Bergman has been knocking everybody out. It’s going to be one hell of a good fight.”
Also scheduled on the card is lightweight KO sensation Chris Hazimihalis (5-0, 5 KOs) Youngstown, OH and local light heavyweight Eric Watkins (2-0) in separate bouts.
By Andreas Hale
On today’s conference call featuring Michael Katsidis, Robert Guererro and James Kirkland, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer announced that due to Juan Manuel Marquez status being up in the air, April 9th’s bout between Katsidis and Guerrero may be an interim bout for both the WBO and WBA lightweight titles that Marquez holds.
Katsidis: (On taking on another top level fighter after losing to Marquez)
“Why not? It’s for a world title and this is what I’m in the game for. You want to achieve what you can while you are fighting. If the opportunity is there you take it. This is what I do, I fight. I’m not here for a holiday.”
(On When He Overcome The Loss To Marquez)
“(I got over the loss) That night. You get the results and you’re back at it again. I’m happy that I’m fighting again against the #1 lightweight in the world. I’m very happy to hear that this may be for the interim title.”
Guerrero: “It’s going to be a great fight. I’m excited about the fight. This is the first time I’ve been in an actual camp (note: Guerrero has moved his training camp away from home to Las Vegas). You’re going to see a whole different Robert Guerrero. I’m pleased with how training camp is going and everything is falling into place. My thing is to be 100% focused and doing what I have to do to prepare for the fight. I can’t wait to come out and put on a show and showcase a whole new Robert Guerrero.”
Kirkland: “I have a desire for boxing that is unbelievable to the point that I know that I’m going to make it because I now have positive people around me. I know I’ll be world champion. It’s just my drive and desire to fight that will get me there. I’m a true champion because I’ve overcome jail and I know what it takes to win and be a champion. When my time comes I will be world champion.
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By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Thomas Oosthuizen will have his second crack at winning the IBO super middleweight belt when he meets Evert Bravo of Colombia for the vacant belt at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Saturday night. In November last year the southpaw Oosthuizen was rather fortunate receive a draw against Malawian Isaac Chilemba in a clash for the vacant belt. (more…)
The Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals are set to begin. Andre Ward, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch and Glen Johnson are all one victory from the tournament final en route to 168-pound supremacy. On Saturday, May 14, Ward will defend his WBA super middleweight world title against European superstar Abraham to kick off the Semifinals of the groundbreaking tournament LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
The event is co-promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Antonio Leonard Productions and Sauerland Event and sponsored by Corona. In the co-featured non-televised portion of the card at The Home Depot Center heavyweight world contender and popular Southern California slugger Cristobal Arreola will try to stay on track for another opportunity of a world championship when he takes on Nagy Aguilera of the Dominican Republic. (more…)
Unbeaten flyweight world champion Susi Kentikian (27-0, 16 KOs) and the former Amateur world champion Jack Culcay (7-0, 4 KOs), both formerly from the Universum stable, have signed a contract with Magdeburg based SES Boxing. They will join the successful team including super champion Natascha Ragosina, triple world champion Ramona Kühne and the youngest German world champion Christina Hammer as well as WBO titlist Robert Stieglitz, IBF champion Jan Zaveck and European champion Lukas Konecny.
The “Killer-Queen” will have her first appearance under the SES flag already this Saturday in Hamburg. The 23 year old WIBF/WBA/WBO champion will face the Mexican Ana Arrazola (19-5-3, 16 KOs) and the fight will be shown live on the internet at www.bild.de (more…)
The kick-off press conference for the first all-female boxing reality show “Todas Contra Mexico” (All Against Mexico) in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico gave the world its first glimpse into the show on Monday afternoon. All 16 of the combatants, which are comprised of eight Mexican female pros and eight from around the world, were dressed to the nines to field questions from the media.
The shows hosts – Female boxing star Maureen “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Shea and well-known Mexican actor Paulo Quevedo – were also on hand to promote the show, which will be produced by MapiTV. (more…)
New Jersey-based trainer Mike “Red” Skownowski reports that training unbeaten NABF and NABO featherweight champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard for his March 26 showdown against unbeaten IBF #1 contender “Mikey” Garcia, despite being together a little more than month, seems like they’ve been working together for a year. Remillard-Garcia is the 12-round co-feature on Top Rank’s “Featherweight Fury,” airing live on HBO After Dark from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The 24-year-old Remillard (23-0, 14 KOs) has been at training camp with his new trainer, “Mike Red,” Skownowski, in Passaic, New Jersey. The WBA #3, WBO #4 and WBC #5 rated Remillard puts his NABF and NABO title belts on the line against USBA titlist Garcia (24-0, 20 KOs). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #15 Ryan Waters (20-3-2, 12 KOs) will clash with former IBF world champion Gairy St Clair (42-10-2, 18 KOs) will clash over twelve rounds at the Cronulla Sutherland Leagues Club, Cronulla, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday with vacant WBA Pan African light middleweight title up for grabs. Waters talks to Fightnews about his most recent bout with former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony Mundine and also how he expects a tough fight from St Clair who held the world IBF title and had crowd pleasing fights with Diego Corrales and Vivian Harris.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Uruguayan Boxing Federation decided on Monday to declare a no contest in Saturday’s bout in Montevideo, Uruguay, between Uruguayan Chris “Bombon Asesino” Namus (14-1, 6 KOs) and Spaniard Loly Muñoz (9-8-1, 6 KOs) after a very controversial majority decision win by the local boxer. Both fans and the press alike expressed outrage saying that Munoz had a ‘clear superiority’ throughout the fight and the outcome ‘hurt not only the credibility in the judges but the whole of Uruguayan boxing,’ prompting the government, through the ministry of Turisimo and Sports, to request the change.
Two of the three judges scored for Namus by 97-93 and 96-95 and a third had it a draw. The 23-year-old Namus is one of the country’s sports idols and holds the WPBF female light welterweight title.
The main event has changed for the Hitz Boxing Fight Night event on Saturday, April 9, at the Venue in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana. Undefeated Ghanaian knockout artist Abdulai Amidu (19-0, 17 KOs) will now face Troy, Missouri, power puncher Brandon “The Business” Baue (12-5, 10 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas Junior Middleweight Title. (more…)
WBO NABO Super Flyweight Champion César “Junito” Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) looked comfortable this morning at the Olympic Village in Salinas Puerto Rico, coming in at 128 1/4 pounds for his first pre-fight weigh-in for his world title fight against Omar Narvaez (33-0-2, 19 KOs) on April 15 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Seda had been required to weigh no more than 132.5 pounds (15% above 115). (more…)
Monthly meetings featuring high-profile speakers has spiked RING 8’s membership count as the New York-based group gathers at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City on the third Tuesday of each month, excluding July and August. (more…)
WBO NABO Super Flyweight Champion César “Junito” Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) looked comfortable this morning at the Olympic Village in Salinas Puerto Rico, coming in at 128 1/4 pounds for his first pre-fight weigh-in for his world title fight against Omar Narvaez (33-0-2, 19 KOs) on April 15 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (more…)
Two explosive fights showcasing four of the most exciting fighters in the world will serve as co-features for the live finale of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter®: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos on Saturday, June 4 at 9 p.m. ET. Emanating from the Pearl at The Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, lightweights Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (11-1) meets Clay Guida (28-8), while Jeremy Stephens (19-6) takes on The Ultimate Fighter season 12 winner Jonatahan Brookins (13-3). (more…)
Today, a Nevada federal district court denied a bid to dismiss Manny Pacquiao’s defamation lawsuit. Pacquiao sued Oscar de la Hoya, Golden Boy’s CEO Richard Schaefer, and Floyd Mayweather, and others for falsely accusing him of taking performance enhancing drugs. The defendants responded to the lawsuit by asking the judge to dismiss it, saying their statements were merely opinions. A federal judge disagreed, and the case will now go forward.
Pacquiao is represented by Daniel Petrocelli and David Marroso of Los Angeles-based O’Melveny & Myers. Petrocelli said, ” We are extremely pleased with the Court’s decision. Manny is looking forward to his day in court and to put an end to these irresponsible accusations.”
Dominican IBF No. 3 junior welterweight Victor Cayo (26-1, 18 KOs), whose only loss is to Marcos Maidana, is likely to fight No. 3 Tim Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs), of Baltimore, Maryland, in an IBF elimination bout April 29 in the main event of a card held at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The eliminator is slated to be the main event of an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Kamil Krzaczyński
“Vitali Klitschko needed to fight Odlanier Solis to be prepared for smaller, quicker fighters – like me. Three minutes in the ring did not help WBC champ at all. Maybe this is why his manager wants to have him fight again, in June, just three months before our scheduled fight in Poland. But I wonder if this will actually happen”-said Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs), preparing for his upcoming fight against Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KOs) in Pennsylvania and sharing his thoughts about what happened in Cologne and why upcoming months will decide which Klitschko brother he will fight in his native country. (more…)
Many of the most exciting boxers today reside in the sports’ lighter weight divisions and on March 26 in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, six of them will take center stage and battle for titles in “Featherweight Fury!” Yuriorkis Gamboa will defend his WBA featherweight title against interim Super Featherweight Champion Jorge Solis; undefeated NABF & NABO champion Matt ‘Sharp Shooter’ Remillard of Manchester, Conn. will defend his featherweight titles against #1-ranked Mikey Garcia of Oxnard, Calif.; and Teon Kennedy of Philadelphia will defend his USBA Jr Featherweight crown against Jorge “Exit 9” Diaz of New Brunswick, N.J. Also Tommy Zbikowski, former Chicago Gold Gloves finalist, Notre Dame football team captain and All-American, third-round pick of and current Baltimore Ravens safety, keeping busy during the NFL lockout, will fight for the second time in three weeks. (more…)
Sampson Boxing LLC President, Sampson Lewkowicz has announced a rematch between WBO Jr. Middleweight Champion Hanna Gabriel, of Costa Rica, and Mexico’s Melisenda Pérez, to take place Thursday, March 31 during Inauguration Week at the Costa Rica National Stadium in San José, Costa Rica. In the co-main, for the IBF super bantamweight title, Las Vegas’ Melinda Cooper will take on Ada “Ace” Velez, of Hollywood, Fla. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 4 with a stacked card headlined by a pivotal lightweight clash between Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and Clay “The Carpenter” Guida. The winner of this highly-anticipated bout is expected to emerge as a top contender to the UFC lightweight title.
A winner of two straight and 10 of his last 11 fights, WBO#11 Tommy Karpency (21-2 14kos) is ready and willing to step in as the challenger for WBO champ Marco Huck (30-1) in his title defense on April 2 in Germany. Karpency’s longtime manager Pat Nelson states, “After coming off a 1st round destruction of durable Philly veteran Andre Hemphill last month, Karpency returned right back to the gym; he is both passported and presently at weight,” Nelson added.
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
An attractive bout between unbeaten fighters will not be taking place on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. Efrain Esquivias (12-0, 8 KO’s) will now be facing veteran John Albert Molina in the eight round main event on the Thompson Boxing Promotions card.
Sherali Dostiev, who was a two-time Olympian for Tajikistan, was scheduled to face Esquivias in a battle of former amateur standouts. According to Thompson Boxing General Manager Alex Camponovo, Dostiev’s management made unrealistic and unprofessional demands for his fighter leading up to the fight. (more…)
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